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2020 Research Fellowship Recipients Announced

Tuesday, June 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jayme Yahr

The AHAA Board is very pleased to announce recipients of the Summer 2020 AHAA Research Fellowships as part of our emergency relief grant program. Each AHAA Summer Fellow will present their research in an online event later this year; that schedule will be announced as soon as possible. In alphabetical order, the 2020 fellows are:

Molly Kalkstein, PhD candidate, University of Arizona, “The Discerning Eye: Materiality and the 1970s American Market for Photographs”
Jessica Larson, PhD candidate, City University of New York, “Building Black Manhattan: Architecture and the Politics of Respectability, 1857-1914”
Kelvin Parnell, PhD candidate, University of Virginia, “Casting Bronze, Recasting Race: Sculpture in Mid-to-Late Nineteenth-Century America”
Erika Nelson Pazian, PhD candidate, City University of New York, “From the Parlor to the Battlefield: Visualizing Contested Spaces during the U.S.-Mexican War”
Jared Richardson, independent scholar, “The Black Aquatic: Affect, Occiduus, and Temporality”

We look forward to sharing these young scholars’ outstanding research with you, and we congratulate them on their achievement. We received many strong proposals for the summer fellowship, and we hope that future grant rounds will give us the opportunity to share more of the fascinating and important research being carried out by our members. 

The diversity of topics being explored by our Summer Fellows is an inspiring reminder that art historians are active participants in the national conversation about race and racism. The AHAA Board is devoting the summer to devising concrete, sustainable ways to address structural inequality in our field, and we are proud that the Summer Fellowship program features scholars who are doing this important work. 

With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, we are also pleased to be distributing $15,000 in need-based stipends to members of the Americanist art history community. Recipients of these stipends are scholars from museums and universities across the country, from M.A. students through early-career professors, curators, and independent scholars. This breadth of applications makes the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus pandemic clear. We are profoundly grateful to the Luce Foundation, which made it possible for us to fund everyone who applied for an emergency grant.

Finally, we are grateful to members who donated to the AHAA Emergency Relief Fund. Your generosity is humbling, and has a meaningful impact on our community. If you are interested in contributing to this fund to enable future awards, please visit "Make a Donation" on our website.